14 Feb Diet and Autism
Diet and nutrition are very important for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ensuring that the body receives the right nutrients can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health.
Learn from developmental and behavioral pediatrician Susan Hyman as she hosts a webinar discussing the merits of various diets and their effects on autistic children.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Children with autism are more likely to be picky eaters, often on the basis of texture, color, taste and smell.
- Reinforcing routine can help children overcome food sensitivity.
- Selective eating can lead to overeating of poor foods, in turn causing obesity.
- Children can suffer from nutrient deficiencies by refusing to eat certain foods, such as vegetables.
- Nutrient deficiencies can lead to disorders such as scurvy and rickets, as well as bleeding and heart problems.
- Iron deficiency can lead to lower IQ, irritability and inattention.
- Most children do not need multivitamins. They instead are often specifically limited in vitamin D and calcium.
- Autism is often linked to GI issues; one can be a sign of the other.
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